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. Volume XI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2005
The talented author and illustrator team of Jennings and Ohi have created another winner for the younger set. From the front cover illustrations of a timid father and courageous son in bed and the opening line on Page 1,"My father does not want me to go to bed. He is afraid of monsters," the reader will be captivated by the familiar and common theme: fear of monsters. But this time there is a twist; roles are reversed. Parents and kids alike will chuckle at the bed-time stalling tactics of a "broken clock," "another cookie" and "one more story" used by the father. Particularly humorous are the many reassuring strategies used by the son, all in an effort to prove the familiar refrain in many households: "no monsters here." These include holding father's hand, turning on the light, checking under the bed, looking in the closet and behind the curtains and, of course, even peering under the covers. The sweet ending is as cozy and warm as a youngster's favorite blanket.
Soft watercolours perfectly match the tone of this bedtime story. Ohi is particularly adept at capturing the delightful facial expressions and timid body language of the father. Just as engaging, are the winning pictures of the son looking in drawers, the chaos of a young child's room and the father clutching his blanket! Charming green and yellow monsters play a decorative role in most of the illustrations and are gleefully portrayed with cookies, in a variety of poses on the end papers.
Reesa Cohen is an Instructor of Children's Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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